In Northern Italy you will find historical cities like Venice with its canals, medieval Bologna and Genoa in the heart of the Italian Riviera. The Alps and the Dolomites offer many resorts for skiing in the winter. If you want to escape the big cities in the summer it might be a good idea to escape to one of the big lakes.
(The Rialto Bridge in Venice Northern Italy)
Milan is the capital of Lombardy and the second city in Italy. Milan is the place to be for fashion-conscious tourists, famous for designer clothes. Art lovers can also enjoy Milan’s museums and galleries.
Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region. The city is close to the Alps and an ideal place to start your skiing holiday. The centre is build in the Baroque style and hosts arcaded streets which make shopping pleasant all year around.
Florence is the capital of Tuscany and is a must see if you like arts and history. Another famous city in Tuscany is Pisa with its leaning tower. The town of Siena yearly hosts the Palio, a horse race in the centre of this medieval town. If you want to get away from the busy touristic town in central Italy it may be an idea to have a look in the laid back Umbria region.
Rome is the capital of Italy and the heart of the old Roman Empire. There is practically no stone in this city that does not breath history. The Roman Forum, Coliseum and the Vatican are just a few of the many sights this city has to offer.
The region of Calabria is all the way in the tip of Italy’s boot. The region is a popular destination for Italians to have their beach holidays. An interesting Baroque town all the way in the heel of Italy is Lecce.
Naples is the biggest city in Southern Italy and the Archaeological museum hold some of Italy’s most important sights. Close to Naples you will find the old Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum which were destroyed and buried during an eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD. Don’t forget the two lovely islands of Ischia and Capri.
Sardinia is the smaller of the two Italian islands in the Mediterranean. The capital of the island is Cagliari. Sardinia is a relatively quite island a perfect getaway for those who don’t like the busy cities on the mainland.
Sicily is the larger one of the two island next to the mainland in Italy. Palermo is the capital and is the perfect place from where you can discover the island. At Agrigento you will find temples from the time when the Greek where on the island. Another old Greek city is Syracuse, where you can find an important archaeological zone.